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Tom McGrath Returns to Direct ‘The Boss Baby 2’ for DreamWorks Animation

‘Bird Karma’ and ‘Bilby’ producer Jeff Hermann will produce the ‘Boss Baby’ sequel, scheduled for a March 26, 2021 release by Universal.

DreamWorks Animation has just announced that Tom McGrath has taken the helm of The Boss Baby 2, returning to direct the sequel to his 2017 Oscar-nominated animated comedy hit that generated over $527 million worldwide. The film is set for a March 26, 2021 release by Universal.

The Boss Baby, which told the story of what happens to an unsuspecting family when a new baby, clad in a pressed business suit, briefcase in hand, takes over, was produced by Ramsey Naito, and starred Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi and Tobey Maguire. It was written by Mike McCullers, based on the award-winning picture book by Marla Frazee. The film’s success led to production of The Boss Baby: Back in Business, a Netflix series that launched in 2018.

In addition to The Boss Baby, McGrath directed the Madagascar trilogy and Megamind for the studio. His films have generated a combined $2.7 billion globally. He also had a hand in writing and developing All Hail King Julien: Exiled and The Penguins of Madagascar, TV series derived from his Madagascar films. McGrath has also provided the voice of the penguin leader, Skipper, one of the funniest and most popular of DreamWorks animated characters, on both the large and small screen. Hermann makes his feature film producing debut on the sequel. He previously co-produced the studio’s animated comedy hit, Kung Fu Panda 3 – another animated short he produced, Marooned, will premiere next month at the Annecy festival. 

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